After 39 awesome weeks, this morning I decided to take one last spin class before our baby girl arrives. To be honest, I never thought I’d still be spinning at 39 weeks and although a part of me wants to take another class if I’m feeling good and still pregnant next week, today felt like the right time to say goodbye.
Spinning during this pregnancy has been a true blessing! It has kept me active, sane, and feeling like myself for the past 9.5 months. When I first found out I was pregnant my goal was to stay as active as possible for as long as possible, but to always listen to my body!
The first trimester was tough because I was just so tired, but I continued my 365 Day Fit Challenge up until I announced my pregnancy. As I moved into the second trimester I started feeling more like myself and was able to settle into a great routine. By the time the third trimester arrived I really didn’t know what to think but I quickly learned that my body is so much stronger than I think it is!
My original goal going into the third trimester was to take spin classes until August 1st (34 weeks). Well August 1st rolled around and I felt amazing! Neal and I agreed that there was no reason for me to stop taking spin classes and would take each week as it came, working out as long as I felt good.
My goal was never to burn a certain number of calories, but instead to get my heart rate up to a comfortable place and to enjoy the ride! Over the past 4 weeks I’ve had to take less and less classes, but it was exactly what my body needed. I went from taking a max of three spin classes a week to two at the beginning of August and then backed off to one class a week these past two weeks.
Every Sunday this month I closed out another week of my pregnancy with a spin class. It was the perfect end to each week and gave me time to digest not only the past but to look towards the future. Today I left class feeling proud! Proud of the past 39 weeks and eager to move into my 40th week of pregnancy!
I’m very ready to meet our daughter and am really hoping she decides to arrive this week. Yes, I know that most women deliver their first child after their due date, so no need to make me more aware of that, but I’m just ready. I know she’ll come when she’s ready, but hopefully she’s listening to momma a little bit.
Shifting my brain towards recovery is my goal this week. It’s going to be an adjustment physically and emotionally to leave spin for a month or two but I’m really looking forward to resting and healing this fall!!